PhD Candidate

Rishikesh Joshi

About me

I love being in nature! We have lots of hills and forts near my hometown in India where I used to go hiking quite a lot. I have also done few treks in different parts of the Himalayas. I have been living in Delft for almost two and a half years now. On one hand, I miss the hiking and the spicy street food. But on the other hand, I like going for a walk and a bike ride around Delft whilst enjoying the calmness of this city. I love listening to Indian classical music and I also play a percussion instrument called ‘Tabla’. I don’t drink alcohol and actually prefer hanging out with few friends rather than partying. I am always ready to play, may it be outdoor sports or computer games! I also do some yoga and some fitness training on and off. I try to practice sustainability in my day to day living.

Personal Motivation

One of my long term goals is to make an impact in the renewable energy sector of India. I think the NEON research program is a perfect platform for students like me to acquire all the necessary knowledge and skills to actually start making an impact in the society. I am a sustainable energy engineer from TU Delft with a focus on wind energy and energy markets, which I think makes me a good fit in the NEON program. My area of interest involves working in the integration of engineering and economic aspects of renewable energy. I am happy to be a part of such a large inter-disciplinary research program aimed towards achieving a sustainable future for our planet.

Utility-scale airborne wind energy in the European energy markets

Airborne wind energy (AWE) is an innovative wind energy technology which uses tethered kites to harness the high altitude wind resource which is currently inaccessible by conventional towered wind turbines. For successful diffusion of the technology in the energy market, the design of the airborne wind energy systems (AWES) should be aligned with the market and its requirements. There is a need of a system level framework which captures both of these aspects and guides the AWES design in the right track. This forms the motivation of my research. 

The focus of my research is on the context of the European electricity market. Following are the research objectives defined at this moment. 

  • 1. Understanding the design drivers for utility-scale AWES (in collaboration with Dylan Eijkelhof)
  • 2. Hybrid power systems (HPS) modelling – Local coupling with diesel, Solar PV, batteries etc.
  • 3. Understanding the value of AWE to the future energy systems 

Link to other neon research

Along with the other PhDs involved in the work package 1a, I see potential for collaboration with PhDs working under the work packages 3 and 10.